Prairie community enjoys beautiful morning for Prairie Pride 5K

Eager Panthers lined up for the start of the 5K Saturday morning.
Eager Panthers lined up for the start of the 5K Saturday morning.

I’ll tell you what: I don’t know what’s behind it, but Prairie Elementary has a habit of scheduling its annual Prairie Pride 5K on the most beautiful fall morning of the year.

Such was the case yet again Saturday as students, parents, teacher and other community members gathered for the race, which raises money for the Prairie Fund, which helps provide services at the school that aren’t covered by the district budget. In the past, the fund has helped provide funds to assure the school had a full time nurse and reading specialist, for example.

Lauren Brooke Robertson, 23, clocked in with the fastest time of the day, easily beating the rest of the pack with a time of 19:31. Chad Davis, 23, had the fastest time among the male runners at 20:30.

Female and male age group winners were as follows:

1-4 year olds:
Oscar Ordonez, 4 (43:49)

5-10 year olds:
Maisie Sheets, 10 (25:04)
Ike Sheets, 8 (25:06)

11-15 year olds:
Josephine McCray, 12 (22:15)
Nathan Perkins-Pope, 12 (21:46)

16-20 year olds:
Carly McNeil, 17 (56:07)
Christopher Rodriquez, 17 (25:26)

21-30 year olds:
Angie Guiterrez, 27 (21:57)
Skylar Smith, 26 (21:46)

31-40 year olds:
Stephanie Zampieri, 37 (22:12)
Greg Noonan, 38 (20:35)

41-50 year olds:
Helen Chamberlin, 42 (24:14)
Mark Fisher, 45 (21:12)

51-60 year olds:
SueAnn Heim, 52 (35:49)
Mike Kristancic, 54 (23:23)

61-70 year olds:
Carol Sicoli, 66 (50:35)
Bill Keoneman, 65 (29:29)

Overall winner Lauren Brooke Robertson of Overland Park bested the next fastest competitor by nearly a minute.
Overall winner Lauren Brooke Robertson of Overland Park bested the next fastest competitor by nearly a minute.